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Mary J Blige says "I survived hell"

REFLECTING: Mary J Blige

R&B SINGER Mary J. Blige has documented her marital "hell" in her new album Strength of a Woman.

The queen of Hip-Hop Soul filed for divorce from estranged husband Martin 'Kendu' Isaacs in July (16), and admits that she came up with the title for the new release while she was fighting to save her 12-year marriage.

During an appearance on US TV show Extra, Mary said: "I was a strong woman who had survived a bunch of B.S. (bulls**t), who was fighting for her marriage that was in danger, nobody knew but me, that’s where the title came from."

"Me living through my trials... I was going through hell, my business was all over the TV... I was just very, very alone in that time.

"I survived that time by learning how to love myself and pulling myself out of everything, so the title, Strength of a Woman, came from me understanding my strength as a woman, not from this divorce, the divorce stuff came later."

Mary's nasty and very public split with Kendu has grabbed the headlines again this week after she accused him of having an affair with her protegee, singer Starshell, during VH1 network documentary The Making Of: Strength Of A Woman, which aired in the U.S. on Tuesday (May 2).

The singer says the cheating drama has been chronicled in a few new tracks, noting, "The songs you hear, like Set Me Free, that’s from the situation."

“(I don't feel completely free) because I’m not through this divorce yet… but I feel free as a spirit because I took my life back and I’m moving forward with that," she shares. “I hope it (my new album) uplifts them (fans). It’s OK to not be OK. Sometimes to get through what you need to get through, but don’t stay there too long - there is always light at the end of the tunnel."

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